The purpose of this notice is to advise food importers that the new requirements for declaring the country of origin on food labelling will be verified during border inspections from 1 July 2018.
What has changed?
The two year transition period for the food industry to migrate from the country of origin labelling requirements contained within the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code to the Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard 2016 comes to an end on 30 June 2018.
All food packaged up to the 30 June 2018 will be assessed as compliant if it complies with either the Information Standard or the Food Standards Code.
All food packaged from 1 July 2018 must comply with the Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard 2016.